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SIOUX CITY | Morningside College recently announced seven new faculty members.

The new members are Shannon Claxton, assistant professor of psychology; Marilyn Eastman, associate professor of marketing; Amanda Haverhals, assistant professor of nursing education; Jayne Jadick, assistant professor of nursing education; Dharma Jairam, assistant professor of education in the graduate program; Tiffany Lafrentz, visiting instructor of education; and Tangela Sylvester, assistant professor of education.

Claxton previously taught undergraduate courses and served as a graduate research assistant at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She has a doctorate in experimental psychology from Kent State.

Eastman previously taught at Briar Cliff University. Earlier in her career, she worked for Procter & Gamble as an assistant brand manager and a marketing research manager. She has an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and she will be graduating with her doctorate in December 2015.

Haverhals most recently was a nursing instructor at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa. She previously worked in rehabilitation nursing for eight years at Avera McKennan University Hospital in Sioux Falls. Haverhals has a master of science in nursing with an emphasis in education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Jadick most recently was a nurse at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ohio. She also served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, serving in a combat zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jadick has a master of science in nursing in health systems management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jairam previously was an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served as a doctoral fellow at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Jairam has a doctorate in cognition, learning and development from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Lafrentz previously was a teacher at Miller Park Elementary School in Omaha. She has experience mentoring and coaching novice teachers, designing and developing curriculum, and coordinating reading programs in the Omaha Public Schools. Lafrentz has a master’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

Sylvester has almost 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in South Sioux City. She also taught at Wayne State College and chaired the education departments at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and Huron University in Huron, South Dakota. Sylvester has a doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota.

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